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1021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: September 22, 2013, 04:01:33 PM
Well a touch of seasonal depression coupled with the angst I was feeling as a result of my disgust with KH bested me yesterday. I sprung for a Wii U Windwaker bundle folks.

First let me say, I have been in Sony's corner since the PS1 BIG TIME.  I waved "buh bye" to to Nintendo and Zelda after the Ocarina of Time. Throughout the years, I gave each new piece of hardware and most of the big Nintendo-brand first party titles a try only to become more and more disappointed.

Now I'm not going so far as to say I am switching teams here, in a manner of speaking, but I will say that the Wii U is leagues more impressive than any hardware Nintendo has put out in ages IMO. I still fully expect the next gen stuff coming out this year to blow it out of the water but that doesn't change the fact that Nintendo "caught up" in a big way in terms of home console quality here.

Enough of that though... ZELDA!!!

I bought this on gut instinct that for some reason this would be different. I don't know why, seeing as how Zelda has not tickled my fancy in well over a decade but I wanted to give the franchise another shot before I wrote it off as not appealing to me. Glad I did. This game is MEGA-SPECTACULO-GORGEOUS to behold. Truly a  thing of visual splendor here. Graphics are not generally a strong selling point for me, but one can't ignore them here. They look THAT good. Now I'm going cast aside any objective observation and say  the art style and heavily animated thematic of it all is what really knocks it out of the park for me. This game is dripping "cozy charm" coupled with a certain giddy anime/cartoon vibe that I simply adore thus far.

I know I am not expressing anything anyone doesn't already know. But I DIDN'T KNOW damnit! Any maybe there is someone else out there who has found Zelda to be a bit lackluster as well who will benefit from reading this observation.... if not I don't care... I need to gush over this game a bit.

Gameplay. Well I was (obviously) late to the party with this one. I wish I got the memo that liittle cartoon island boy link is better with a blade then most of his other green-garbed incarnations. Once again its a matter of taste, but I find the swordplay/gameplay here to be a cut above (hahahaha, see what I did there?).

I can't say much more as I've only spent a weekend with it so far but these few hours have proven mega-inspiring. I almost feel ashamed having gone into this with such an jaded opinion of both Nintendo and Zelda for that matter. But I am not too proud to admit when I have been wrong, and the Wind Waker and the Wii U are proving just that to me.

Nuf said for now. Anyone who thought the idea  of  killing Ganon AGAIN seems lackluster and predictable but feels the least bit inclined to give Zelda another shot owes it to themselves to give this a go. This game is gold thus far IMO.

EDIT: 2 days since my post, 4 since the bundle release and no thread activity.... I suppose I am the odd man out here... well for those of you "setting sail" october 4th with the physical release, you can safely get excited! Even being as picky and fickle as I am I can find very little fault with this game.
1022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 18, 2013, 03:28:21 PM
Well that is that... this game is officially "dropped" for me.

I have yet to drop one play- through I started in 2013 but this did it. After 15 hours or so I have zero motivation to see this through.

Gorgeous as it may be, there is no appeal for me here. I can't even say gameplay "grabs" me and there is certainly no appeal in disney or tacked on "cut-out" varieties of FF characters for this gamer. I can see how this would be pretty cool if someone had some exposure to Disney as a kid, I however did not... Disney aside I HATE cross universe anything.... I am beginning to question why the hell I thought I should even give this a shot in the first place, knowing my tastes as well as I do.

I guess years of hearing how "I had to try KH" wore down my better judgement or something.

Again, I can see how this could appeal to some but geeeeeeee golly.... NOT FOR KLYDE..... no sir... ugh.... worst week of gaming this whole year for me-LoL
1023  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Halloweeny Stuff on: September 16, 2013, 07:36:31 PM
 I really like to keep my media thematically appropriate to games I play and seasons and whatnot... That being said, with the fall upon us, does anyone have any spooky/halloween esque suggestions or favorites? Anything is fair game (anime, movies, cartoons, specials et cetera....)

In terms anime, I have already seen all of the following so I would to hear about some others...
-Rosario Vampire..... errr something to that effect
-Ghost Hunt
-Blue Exorcist
-Ghost Hound
-Occult Academy
-Soul Eater
-Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom (didn't finish, considering trying to give a re-watch)
-High School of the Dead (also didn't finish and considering giving another go)

As for movies I suppose any good horror flick qualifies. I'd LOVE to hear your folks favorite horror flicks!! Tis my favorite genre next to 80's retro-fantasy! My picks include (but are not limited to) the following.

-The Exorcist
-Nightmare on Elm Street (everything up to the new nightmare)
-Almost any film based on a Steven King novel including the "made for TV varieites" (I actually adored steven weber in the remake of "The Shining")
-Fright Night

And last but not least TV/Cartoons.... In truth I'm too unfamiliar with this category to contribute so I will hold my tongue. As such though, I am really into hearing about what you guys like. I will however admit to having a strong appreciation for all the old looney toons halloween episodes.

So that does it. Let those cooky and creepy suggestions fly folks!
1024  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 16, 2013, 04:36:16 PM
Has the Gummy Ship garage/crafting function proven ridiculously difficult to get the hang of for anyone else or am I just an idiot?

It feels as though the interface and control scheme is sooooooo awkward and unintuitive I am constantly just flipping my ship around on accident and struggling to move things in the correct places (and to no avail mind you...). Someone please tell me I can safely ignore this aspect of the game.... please...

Last tidbit: Anyone else notice that like....EVERYONE has BLUE EYES??  As a brown eyed girl, I feel a little left out... D:

Apparently it was required that you have at least a size 14 shoe AND blue eyes to make the main cast of KH. Anyone who didn't make the cut back in 2002 got passed off onto Unlimited Saga.

I feel left out too Dice.... Well I've got blue eyes, I only wear a size 8 :/
1025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 14, 2013, 04:03:39 PM
Knowing nothing of Disney, this game is starting to grow on me for no other reason then I feel like I am getting a crash course on something major I missed out on growing up. That said I think a great deal of this is striking me as a wee bit stranger then it would most.

The gameplay does seemed to have improved a bit with abilities and dodge roll becoming available. Then again, maybe I am just getting used to it.

One thing that will never grow on my however is the size of Sora's shoes/feet. What the hell.... Feet of that size should be addressed by the plot. Explained in some sense... did Sora descend from a line of mountain scaling dwarves? Does elephantitus of the foot run rampant on his little island? I'm pretending so, because otherwise that is uncalled for...

Something about the gummi ship mini segments vaguely remind me of the first star fox which is a plus.

Oddly enough, I really hate how "tacked on" the FF characters are. I feel as though I am getting a cheap imitation knock-offs of all these characters that truly are on nostalgic pedestals in my mind.

All in all though this is proving a keeper for me I think. The production value is high enough to easily forget the lesser qualms I have with the title. Plus if I don't see this through I am gonna be all sorts of disgusted/jealous as I see inevitable sequels come to pass.

1026  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: September 12, 2013, 03:59:32 PM
Xillia's characters are some of my favorite right now. The story was meh sure, and the fields were.....incredibly lacking, plus no sorceror's ring always saddens me. But I love Milla and Jude, adored Eliza and her little eggplant doll Teepo, appreciated Rowan's amazing old man perviness, Alvin's overly suaveness, and ....well Leia was just so cute trying to be all tough girl and shit. It all fell together so well for me, I was sad when it was over.

Yep that about sums its up for me alright. In a far less longwinded and more concise fashion than my post yesterday might I add!!- LoL

I always tend to get too wordy for my own good...
1027  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 12, 2013, 03:57:23 PM
Hey guys. Total unfamiliar with KH here...

Started this up yesterday and without knowing what I was doing I picked sword and gave up shield. I notice I am using a the sword and can't discern any way to guard... and I LOATHE the gameplay. Did/does this initial decision in the beginning impact the actual control or capabilities of Sora? And lastly, does this gameplay improve as things like magic and other abilities become available?

I have an aversion to disney as it is and avoided KH my whole life and felt it deserved a fair trial but this is proving to be a bit hard to digest for me... I will say that the environments and music are top notch though :)

Something about these characters visuals are a real eye-sore to me as well. Sora in particular feels and looks so awkward and jarring to me. I wish there was some costume DLC for this game-HAhaha
1028  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: September 11, 2013, 02:03:21 PM
I'm the same way, Annubis.  I treat items in RPGs as more precious than my character's lives sometimes...but then I just end up with a bunch of unused items.

Hahaha! THIS ^^!!! I am so guilty of it myself.

Any how, moving on, I've been absent from this thread for fear of accidental spoilage on myself (due to discussion of xilia 2) and because I really wanted to polish this title off to get to kingdom hearts hd mix before Disgaea comes out in october and takes over my life.

Ironically (with Kingdom hearts release yesterday) I happened to finish Xilia last night/early this morning.

I really hate to say it, but this title was SO bitter sweet for me. Weak in all the respects I typically adore tales games and yet while it had its strong points, those strengths were not exploited well enough to grab me in the way Tales typically does.

I really wanted to love this game. Truly I did... but it was just "hollow" feeling to me... Bland... I feel as though for the last 4 weeks or so I quite literally repeated the same dungeon night after night. Worse yet was how the regurgitated field dungeons offer very little reward for obsessive explorers such as myself baring more items to level up shops.

Secondly, I feel after having played Milla's side of things the game should not even give you a choice as to who to pick. You should have to unlock Milla or something... 3/4 of the game is just fine from her perspective but the last leg of it leaves you totally in the dark with the main plot. While I was aware of this and selected Milla anyhow, I was really not prepared for just how much you miss out on in the last stretch of of the narrative. Worse yet was how they handled "catching you up to speed" on said events so to speak. You quite literally wouldn't even know some things occurred if not for skits that all but glaze over major plot points.

While there were some other things I could certainly whine about, it is time to move on to a more positive note. The cast was great IMO. I really loved a great deal of the characters. Of particular appeal to me was Milla herself, Alvin, Agria the Shadowless and Rowen. Though a great deal of the title proved horribly forgettable to me, the memories of those four in particular will linger. This totally surprised me because I usually don't expect much out of the tales cast. Its about the gameplay to me... and I'm not even getting into that. I want to end this on a positive note.

In terms of JRPG's this title is not bad. In terms of Tales... Major fail in my book. Nuf' said.

NOTE: I know I am probably echoing some of what was already expressed in earlier posts but I had to get it out guys... I totally expected this to rival Disgaea for my personal "game of the year". And once again it wasn't bad. But Tales games are typically stellar by my measure while this was maybe a cut above mediocre in my book.
1029  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 06, 2013, 06:24:05 PM
Use the PSP's lovely audio/video out feature and play on the big screen! That is what I'll be doing... I've edged into damn near every topic about a PSP title on this forum to point out/exploit how freakin' awesome the PSP is for having those capabilities.

I wish I could use the TV out, but I don't have an HDTV and most SDTVs in Europe don't have component inputs, just SCART (which is great, no PSP cable though) and composite (awful). I've got the composite cable for the PSP but it looks incredibly bad, and the text in RPGs is unreadable.

Golly, I had no idea... I've only used it via the component cables on two different HDTV's with zoom on and it looks gorgeous. So much so, I prefer playing PS1 titles on my TV via this method as opposed to using the PS3 with smoothing on when I have the option.

When I plug my PSP into my HDTV it displays in a tiny window with mostly black around it.  It's just displaying at the PSP's resolution (which is well below the TV's) and leaving the rest of the pixels blank.  I never really figured out what to do about that, but it's a really annoying problem.  You have to sit close to the TV to even make out text sometimes...

PSP games look great on the Vita, though.  The screen is so big and bright I find myself not really missing the lack of TV out.

Zoom my friend! Zoom x 2 if your feeling frisky and your TV's got it!! LoL
1030  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 06, 2013, 05:47:20 PM
I'm torn between which version to choose, I may end up getting both. I don't especially enjoy playing games on handhelds, but I'd like to import my original clear data, and even though I could use someone elses file to import into the PC version, it wouldn't be quite the same. I could buy the PC version of FC, but I'm not one for replaying games in quick succession, seeing as I only finished it for PSP a few months ago. That said, I really want Xseed to release more PC games, so buying them would send the right message.

Use the PSP's lovely audio/video out feature and play on the big screen! That is what I'll be doing... I've edged into damn near every topic about a PSP title on this forum to point out/exploit how freakin' awesome the PSP is for having those capabilities.

And on that note...


My sentiment abut the announcement to a tee good sir. Well put.
1031  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: September 01, 2013, 06:57:07 PM
Wow-ee does NA get the short of the stick in that deal or what...? I am going to pick up a Wii-U in the not so distant future. The euro deal would've had me sold. If I buy Windwaker I want the Ganondorf figurine damnit!

Sounds like the limited edition will also be released here! :) http://www.gamestop.com/wii-u/games/the-legend-of-zelda-the-wind-waker-hd-gamestop-exclusive-limited-edition/111455

I have a feeling this will quickly become a highly sought-after collector's item...

What I meant was I want the LE system package (with figurine) that pal regions are getting. The NA system LE only has downloadable windwaker and no figurine.

That said I will probably pick this up despite not having a Wii U or being a big zelda fan because I do foresee regretting not having done so in the future...

The Wii U is just not selling. Nintendo keeps saying that they're going to sell a bunch during the holiday season. I shutter to think what will happen if they don't. I really want to get one for Wind Waker HD, Xenoblade, and the upcoming Xeno game but the entire console might fail before I get around to buying it. Kinda worried.

Man, you're going to be in for a shock when the PS4 and Xbone are going to be floundering for the next year or so. Namely, because it takes a year or so for any new console to develop a library, a couple of killer apps, and an install base large enough to subsist on for the rest of the generation. And given the WiiU's upcoming price drop as well as the titles they've been readying for the holiday season, I think they're probably going to pull through comfortably enough (bonus points for not having much to compete with from Sony or Microsoft this year outside of their console launches).

I don't predict any floundering for the PS4 (at least in North America). I sort of feel like as the releases of the next gen consoles  come to pass the PS4 is going to prove the quintessential holiday console to get if for no other reason than hype alone, pulling its sales leagues ahead of competitors. This will not be due to the fact that educated gamers are bagging themselves the "best" new console (though it may prove to be the case) but more so due to the fact that I think its going to dominate the recreational gaming demographic much more so than any other console. Actually in truth, I predict a very "sony dominated" industry for quite awhile this generation for various reasons. I'm not saying "PS4 is the best" I am simply stating my prediction.
1032  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Buh Bye Miyazaki on: September 01, 2013, 02:03:14 PM

I personally am not a Miyazaki die-hard by any means so I didn't find this to be all that jarring. Plus, I swear this isn't the first time I read he was retiring... maybe I'm losing it... In any event, I figured this was news worth posting.

EDIT: Please don't take my statement as ignorance or Miyazaki "hate". He is like Mario to me.... that is to say, gaming wouldn't be what it is if not for nintendo or mario and I recognize that. I may not love Mario, but I do love gaming and thus I must tip my hat to the plumber (and nintendo). The same applies to Miyazaki for me.

Although I will say this... Howls Moving Castle struck me as pretty freakin' extraordinary if for nothing other than the character of Howl himself. Additionally I've really appreciated a great deal of the older Lupin material I have seen.
1033  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 01, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
Well it took almost all summer but I'm finally at the end of my DBZ re-watch. On ep 281 currently. I'll never understand the magic of this show. After my recent viewing I can certainly say it is just plain bad. Objectively speaking I feel like I can't even make a good argument in its defense.

Yet despite all that is wrong with DBZ, I loved every minute! I don't know if it is purely an affinity for the Toriyama flavor that seasoned my youth that kept me so entertained but golly was this an enjoyable re-watch for me.

Also checked out the 2nd Berserk movie recently. More berserk. Better than the first. Terribly satisfying. Nuf' said.... Ok, not enough said. I really want to stress how well I feel they condensed the berserk story in these movies. No dull moments and I didn't catch myself once thinking on content of the manga or series that was omitted or glazed over. The pacing is great and they really managed to puncuate the more integral plot points really well IMO. I know fans have expressed a fair degree of disgust over aspects of the new films vs. the old series and manga but I just don't see it. This is a quality-movie-remake material if ever I have viewed it. In fact, as a long-time berserk fan it surprises me to say that I would actually suggest these to someone interested in the series before the manga or television eps. Can't wait for the third.

1034  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: August 29, 2013, 02:09:41 PM

The WiiU is getting a Zelda Bundle, but more importantly, it's getting a price drop.

Also, fuck you Europe.

Wow-ee does NA get the short of the stick in that deal or what...? I am going to pick up a Wii-U in the not so distant future. The euro deal would've had me sold. If I buy Windwaker I want the Ganondorf figurine damnit!
1035  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 25, 2013, 07:04:14 PM
Beat Jude's story last night, level 70ish. Final boss was a pushover.

I've said it before and I will say it again... your ability to utterly devour games astounds me D. We started this, Dragons Crown and Ni No Kuni at roughly the same time (so far as I remember) and you completed each before I even reached midway.

Good job sir!! Congrats.

Oh, and sorry for the Jude bashing a few pages ago. He grew on me.
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